This is one of Jon's photos from the blog's March trip to New York City. Any Philadelphian knows what a curbstone is, but the blog was unfamiliar with the term "curbstone brokers." The phrase was first used in Manhattan in the 1830s to refer to brokers who traded stocks on the street. Curbstone brokers often specialized in stocks of small or new companies, and traded using an elaborate system of hand gestures that enabled them to reliably transmit information from window to the street. The historic reference to outdoor trading persisted on Wall Street until 1953 (long after the action had moved indoors), when the New York Curb Exchange changed its name to the American Stock Exchange.
Jon and Susan are professors at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. Jon is in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He has lived in Winston-Salem for 25+ years. Susan is in Biology, and has lived in Winston-Salem for 5+ years. Jon's neighborhood is Sherwood Forest; Susan's neighborhood is Ashley Forest. Maurice, who lives in the District of Columbia, serves as occasional capital correspondent.
"The reality is the reality."--Pedro Martinez
"It's only gonna get funner."--Roy "Doc" Halladay
"I believe in a relatively equal society, supported by institutions that limit extremes of wealth and poverty. I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it."--Paul Krugman
"Nobody is going to come out of this looking good."--Maggie Christman